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Happy 25th Birthday Be Kind To Humankind Week!

Happy 25th birthday!

Daily Affirmations

Summer Sunshine

One thing that we can be sure of is what my father once said, and that was “It has never hurt anyone to be a little kinder.”  A little more kindness is something this world can use. This is a fact. There cannot be any disputes about it. Showing kindness every day with simple acts of kindness is easy and very rewarding. It is also contagious. It spreads from one person to the next and then some!

Being kind makes the giver feel good. It also makes the recipient feel good. Being kind is healthy. Smiling creates less wrinkles on the face. Smile wrinkles are better than frown wrinkles anyway. Smiling (a little one, we don’t expect you to walk around looking like the joker in Batman!) is easy to pass along and it takes very little effort.

It has never hurt anyone to be a little kinder.

Smiles are free. Being kind is free. Being compassionate, thoughtful and caring is free. Best Wishes for a great summer!

“Wisdom is understanding what’s really important”

― Anonymous

Happy June to all!

Well…here we are in June. Happy June to all! Time has a way of flitting by us so fast…and as a matter of fact, so do the cars on our parkways here in Jersey! Slow down for heavens sake! I stay in the center lane doing 70 miles per hour and the other vehicles sharing the road with me zoom by so fast that I would guesstimate their speed at around 90 miles per hour!

Not everyone driving our freeways is looking for a severe accident to take place. My mom called me this morning and told me that it was fortunate that I did not go to her house in the morning because she heard on the radio of a terrible car accident on the parkway (ask me if I am surprised) and it left at least 1 person dead and the others air lifted to our trauma hospital. I pray that the others involved in this accident are ok…however this accident just proves what I have said all along…people drive way too fast on the Garden State Parkway and they weave in and out of traffic while doing so!

Do yourself and everyone else a huge favor and slow down, do not text or use your phone while driving (unless you us a hands free device to communicate), and pay close attention to those around you, whether those around you are in cars, on bicycles, walking or jogging. Be especially alert while driving in the late evening hours. Many people walk on the side of dark roads at terribly late hours sometimes, and it is so easy to hit them. So please keep an eye out for these walking night owls.

I am also going to ask you to donate a pint of your blood this month to the American Red Cross.
You can donate again in 56 days. Save a life, donate blood.

Check out our “Motorist Consideration Monday” page. Of course we stress to drive in a safe and courteous manner every day…not just on Monday’s.

Find an American Red Cross location near you

Read about the history of The American Red Cross

Thank you and have a safe, fun, wonderful summer!

Stay Healthy
Stay Happy
Stay Kind

Lorraine 😎

Bully movie

There is new movie coming out which addresses the issue of bullying in our schools. (video below). We have all had the experience of witnessing others being bullied, being bullied ourselves, or we ourselves as children acting out bullying behavior towards others. Whatever the case may be, I believe that since the 1960’s when I was a youngster, things have gotten much worse.

I haven’t got the answer as to why. I suppose there are a lot of reasons why.
But I do know that it needs to stop. Will it ever stop completely? I doubt it. However, I have no doubt that if people pull together as seen in this movie trailer, there will be a hugely significant change in the numbers of those children being bullied, and I believe that number will lesson!!

Take a moment to watch the trailer…have your children watch the trailer….go to the theater to see the movie with your kids when it comes out. Then join in making that huge difference.

Locks of Love

I was sitting in my hair salon, Dazzlz Spa Salon and noticed a young lady who took a seat next to mine. She had very long pretty hair, I would guess that her hair nearly reached her lower back.  I complimented on how pretty her hair was, and she said that she was getting it cut off for Locks of Love. I thought, wow…what a nice thing to do! To top it all off she told me that this was her third donation through Dazzlz! I spoke with Maryanne, the owner of Dazzlz Spa Salon and she said that her business has been involved in collecting hair donations for Locks of Love for many years! Dazzlz Spa Salon has been in business for 23 years.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Please check out the links provided, and perhaps you may wish to donate your hair for Locks of Love!

Stay Happy
Stay Kind…
Lorraine

A “Thoughtful Thursday” Indeed….

Today I was at the hospital. I am having total knee replacement surgery next Thursday, and I have been going to the hospital weekly for injections to build up my red blood cells in preparation for the surgery.

As I was awaiting my turn, I began chatting with another woman in the waiting room (I’m the type to start a whole conversation with strangers anywhere I go…). As we chatted I was called into the prep room for my injections. The woman to whom I was speaking with stood up and handed the nurse a beautiful basket of fresh flowers. The nurse smiled broadly and exclaimed “Oh how beautiful! Thank you so much!” She then brought them in to show the other nurses and told them that Phyllis had given them to her. The other nurses didn’t know at first that the flowers were meant for them. When they discovered this lovely gift was for them, they were astounded and immediately called Phyllis into the prep room. Hugs went all around along with “Thank you so much Phyllis we never expected this, how thoughtful of you!”, and of course Phyllis was also thanking the nurses for being so kind and good to her. What a wonderful and heartwarming sight for anyone lucky enough to see this (namely – lucky me).

I gave Phyllis a “Be Kind to Humankind Week” pen, and asked her if I could photograph her for a story on my blog.
She was so very kind to me and more than happy to oblige! Above is the photo I took. From left to right is nurse Tina, seated is Phyllis and on the right is nurse Vicki. These nurses are absolutely wonderful and truly enjoy their work, it shows in how well they treat their patients! Sherry, another awesome nurse, was not available at the time. A big thank you to Tina, Vicki and Sherry for making difficult and sometimes scary hospital procedures a lot easier with their genuine kindness. Also, a huge thanks to Phyllis for helping all of us to remember that kindness is golden and its gem is a diamond, the best gift worth giving!

Maria Helps the Homeless in “Tent City”

This is Maria, and she is taking up a collection of clothing, blankets, coats and goods that her local homeless community can use. Maria is a friend of mine who enjoys going that extra mile for others, including strangers. The help which she provided for our Guatemala Eyeglass Collection was immeasurable! Now Maria took it upon herself to start up a collection for the homeless people living in what is termed “Tent City” in Lakewood, N.J. These people have lost jobs and work, and have found themselves homeless, living in a make shift development of tents located in a wooded area.

Thanks Maria for being such a positive influence by showing what the power of one person can do to help other people!

Why not seek out your local homeless shelter or food bank, perhaps a local church which assists the homeless. Homelessness affects every state in our nation, so I am sure that if you seek out the less fortunate in your own communities you will find them. Lend a hand, lend an ear, share unwanted blankets, boots and coats. Volunteer one day a month at the food bank. It means so much to those in need, and it will bring you much gratification!

Be kind and be ready because kindness is contagious…kindness is addictive.

A Happy Home Recipe

4 Cups of Love
2 cups of Loyalty
3 cups of Forgiveness
3 cups of Kindness
1 cup of Friendship
1 cup of Understanding
5 spoons of Hope
2 spoons of Tenderness
4 quarts of Faith
1 barrel of Laughter

Take Love and Loyalty, mix it thoroughly with Faith. Blend it with Tenderness, Kindness and Understanding. Add Friendship and Hope. Sprinkle it with Sunshine. Knead in Laughter. Serve daily with generous helpings!!!

Let’s be pebbles in a pond

While working out the other day I was on the elliptical machine and staring out the window looking at the pond. I noticed the fountain in the center of the pond spraying up, and as the water landed it created small ringlets which then turned into larger rings. I was reminded of the same thing occurring when we throw a pebble in a pond.

Let’s be pebbles in a pond with our small acts of KINDNESS dropped in one area of a still pond…or one persons life, and watch that act of kindness grow and expand to reach others.

We may not always SEE the results of our good deeds, but you can be sure that you most definitely DID produce a ripple effect in that one persons life with your one small act of kindness.

It truly is amazing what one person can do!!!

Stay Healthy
Stay Happy
Stay KIND!!!!

Lorraine